Great Horned Owl

by John Briggs on January 7, 2007

in Weekend Birding

A wonderful surprise awaited us this morning while birding the Biddeford Pool area.

My wife and I were out on Granite Point, and not much at all was happening with our feathered friends. A large flock of Canada Geese were resting near the big rock in the Little River, while Black Ducks and Mallards were feeding in the pannes.

While scanning Curtis Cove, fellow birder Bob Malbon drove up and asked if we would like to see an [tag]owl[/tag]. Well of course we did, so we followed him to Mile Stretch Road in [tag]Biddeford Pool[/tag].

What awaited us was simply incredible! A [tag]Great Horned Owl[/tag] was resting under a bush between some houses on the Pool side of the road. Bob told us that Crows were harassing the Owl, and some of the Crows were sitting in the bush above the Owl, obviously waiting for the Owl to take flight to be harassed even more.

We watched and photographed the Owl for just about an hour. At one point, it seemed that the Owl was tired of waiting for the warmth of the sunshine to fall on his shady spot, so it walked over into the sunshine, feeling the warmth and falling asleep.

The following are pictures we took this morning of this beautiful creature. Simply click a thumbnail for a larger view. Bob also took some shots and they may be seen at his site.

Great Horned Owl near Mile Stretch Road in Biddeford Pool, Maine. Great Horned Owl near Mile Stretch Road in Biddeford Pool, Maine. Great Horned Owl near Mile Stretch Road in Biddeford Pool, Maine.
Great Horned Owl near Mile Stretch Road in Biddeford Pool, Maine. Great Horned Owl near Mile Stretch Road in Biddeford Pool, Maine. Great Horned Owl near Mile Stretch Road in Biddeford Pool, Maine.

 

Happy [tag]birding[/tag]!

{ 6 comments }

Liz January 7, 2007 at 3:34 pm

How exciting! I live and bike right near there and have never seen an owl…

naomi January 7, 2007 at 4:52 pm

What amazing protective coloration! Thank you for posting/sharing.

Liz D. January 7, 2007 at 5:57 pm

Reminds me we need to look down once in a while! Thanks for the photos.

John Briggs January 8, 2007 at 7:51 pm

Thank all of you for your comments, they are greatly appreciated!

I bird along that stretch of road alot, and never think to scan the ground between houses. I know that I would have missed it if Bob wouldn’t have shown me were it was.

From now on, I will be more aware of those areas.

John Briggs

Terry Clarke October 5, 2007 at 4:42 pm

John: My husband and I love birds and also have fallen in love with Maine! Your website is wonderful and the photography is incredible. Although I do love all the photos….I’ve fallen in love with your old Jeep that appears to be an antique in pristine condition! Oh, how I would love town that beauty. Again, thank you for all you’ve done to communicate your experiences through photography and ‘the web.’ All the very best, Terry and George Clarke

John Briggs October 5, 2007 at 7:25 pm

Terry And George;

Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts!

That old Jeep caught my eye after birding the area of Eastern Point. The way it was parked there and the lighting just made it “pop”.

I wish it were mine also!

Regards;

John Briggs

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